Working To Contain Wenatchee Wildfire, Firefighters Bracing For Heat And Wind

Firefighters in Wenatchee are bracing for another day of dry winds and near triple-digit temperatures as they work to contain the brush fire that levelled two dozen homes and scorched 3000 acres.
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Those in charge of fighting the nation’s wildfires are again asking drone owners not to fly their unmanned aircraft near fires. The plea comes after drones forced the suspension of two firefights last week in California.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says aerial firefights on the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday and Thursday had to be put on hold until drones detected near the fire, stopped flying.

Oregon shoppers and bottled water will remain untaxed in Washington’s next two-year budget, but a couple of other tax exemptions will be eliminated.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

A U.S. national team stocked with players from Northwest pro soccer teams faces its toughest test to date at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Ken Balcomb / Center for Whale Research

It’s been a one-two punch of low snowpack last winter and not enough rain this spring for many Northwest rivers. Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

With a third special session underway, the Washington House and Senate plan to vote sometime Monday on a two-year budget. A vote on a gas tax package is also possible this week. It follows a whirlwind weekend of negotiations.

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At least a thousand people have fled their homes as a fast-growing wildfire burns in central Washington.

Efforts to raise Oregon’s gas tax this year appear to have fizzled out in the legislature.

Washington lawmakers still have time to get a budget deal and avert a partial government shutdown July 1.

Would you let your smartphone share your location if it meant that one day you could come to a stranger's rescue?

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